Tapped conversation of drug dealer creating waves in Suriname

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – In the past ten years the police has not received any reports of drugs planes stranding in the Tibiti area. However, in local security circles this statement is taken with a pinch of salt. Drug trafficking suspect Piet Wortel talked about drugs transports via Suriname in his house in Amsterdam on 29 March. The conversation was tapped by Dutch police and reported in the NOS journal last Sunday.
‘We’ve checked the facts and no police records show that planes have stranded in the area and have been burnt down,’ police PR Officer Humphrey Naarden says. The Dutch dossiers show that Wortel had told fellow suspect Harry how an acquaintance had requested his help in retrieving 400 kilograms from a stranded plane in the Tibiti area. The police was aware of the plane being in the area. ‘The only persons that could move in and out of the area unheeded would be Bouta and Dino’, are Wortel’s exact words. Wortel knows of Dino intercepting the shipment and putting the plane ablaze. ‘Bouta kept half of the shipment as compensation.’
Naarden denies a police unit has ever entered the Tibiti area to look for an alleged stranded plane. Foreign Minister Winston Lackin wonders how President Bouterse could have assisted Dutch officials in the Wortel case if he was his partner in crime. Based on the request by the Dutch officials, Dutch police and the Prosecutor’s Office raided Wortel’s houses here in April and interrogated suspects.

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Kidnap/murder of Balram “Balo” Maharaj…Seven Trinis seek new trial in US

(Trinidad Guardian) When everyone felt that the case was closed on the kidnap and murder of United States citizen Balram “Balo” Maharaj, comes news that new motions have been filed in the Federal Court in Washington DC, which could see a new trial for the seven convicted Trinidadians.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party expels Mugabe – war vets head

HARARE,  (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party today in a move to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power following a de facto military coup.

Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

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Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

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